Cochlear Implant Awareness Day 2023
On the 25th of February 2023, Ear Science, along with our clients and people from all around the world, come together to celebrate the life-changing impacts cochlear implants have.
Join us as we celebrate cochlear implants and their ability to give people access to the sounds of life.
To refer or not to refer | Exploring the benefits of referring clients for cochlear implants
In this Special Episode for audiologists and healthcare professionals, our guests are Senior Implant Audiologist & Cochlear Implant Research Lead Dr Cathy Sucher walks with Jody French who is a Cochlear Implant recipient.
Cathy and Jody will discuss some early findings from a recent study that has revealed a clearer view of why referral for Cochlear Implants is not as high as it should be, and what audiologists and other clinicians can do to help.
Your hearing won't heal itself, we can help
Cochlear implants are life-changing devices that can help you hear sounds you no longer hear with your hearing aids, restoring your confidence and connecting you to loved ones.
What are cochlear implants?
A Cochlear Implant is a sophisticated electronic medical device that takes treating hearing loss to the next level, bypassing damaged sensory hair cells within the cochlea (inner ear) to directly stimulate auditory nerves.
A cochlear implant consists of two parts – the external sound processor which collects and processes the sound, converting it into a radio frequency signal that is sent through the skin and the internal implant which consists of the receiver-stimulator and electrode, which is inserted into the cochlea and provides electrical stimulation to the auditory nerve directly. This, in turn, takes the sound to the brain.
If you wear hearing aids? Ask yourself these questions
Do you often ask people to repeat themselves, even in a quiet room?
Do you avoid social activities because you may not follow what is being said?
Is it hard for you to talk on the phone, so you avoid using it?
Are you tired at the end of the day because listening takes so much concentration?
If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these, a cochlear implant might be right for you.
4 top differences between a hearing aid and a cochlear implant
Hearing aids and cochlear implants improve hearing for people diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss when there is damage to the hair cells in the inner ear or the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain.
- A cochlear implant is surgically implanted by an ENT surgeon versus hearing aids fitted by a qualified audiologist.
- Hearing aids are completely removable versus cochlear implants, where you can only remove the external processor but not the implant.
- Hearing aids amplify sounds versus cochlear implants, which stimulate the auditory nerve to provide sound sensation.
- Cochlear implants use electrical signals versus acoustic signals with hearing aids.
Myth Busting Cochlear Implants: Rare and radical or routine treatment for severe hearing loss?
Senior Implant Audiologist Ronel Chester-Browne shares with us her knowledge and insights into Cochlear Implants.
This miraculous invention was once considered quite a rare and radical intervention. These days Cochlear Implants are routinely recommended for clients who audiologists identify would benefit from one.
Translating the latest Cochlear Implant science & research into clinical care
- With many of our clients getting frustrated with communicating over a phone, research has shown that cochlear implant recipients will understand speech better on a mobile phone than on a standard telephone (Tan et al., 2012).
- Many people start their hearing journey with hearing aids to support them in listening environments. The research investigated the hearing outcomes for people with a successful hearing aid in one ear and a cochlear implant in the other ear. We found that improved hearing outcomes can be expected from those who used a hearing aid with a hearing implant—highlighting good speech perception in the other ear before it was implanted and shorter periods of hearing loss in the ear to be implanted are indicators of better results. Age and time since the other ear was implanted do not affect the outcomes (Smulders et al., 2018).
- With about 55% of people who get a cochlear implant having tinnitus, it has been shown that tinnitus symptoms usually significantly decrease after cochlear implantation, resulting in a better quality of life (Opperman et al. 2020; Assouly et al. in review).
- A collaborative team of qualified audiologists, scientists and specialists support our clients in their cochlear implant journey. Research proved that such an approach give hearing-impaired people the confidence to get a cochlear implant (Ebrahimi-Madiseh A, Eikelboom RH, Bennett RJ, Upson GS, Friedland P, Swanepoel DW, Atlas MD. Factors influencing postoperative experiences in adult cochlear implant recipients; a multi-stakeholder perspective. Otology and Neurotology. 43(8):882-888; 2022. 10.1097/MAO.0000000000003630).
- There is still an element of the unknown in predicting the hearing outcomes for cochlear implant recipients. We know that cochlear implants generally provide a good perception of speech, and it is currently possible to predict hearing outcomes with a 15 to 25% certainty (Goudey et al. 2021).
Your hearing won't heal itself, but we can help
Ear Science Implant Clinic is proudly Western Australia’s largest private hearing implant program.
Translating the latest research into surgical and clinical care with a comprehensive medical team including Ear Surgeons, qualified Hearing Implant Audiologists, and other specialists all dedicated to restoring your confidence, with appointments and surgery times to suit you.
Trust your hearing to the experts. Contact us and speak to people who have hearing implants.
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